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Wednesday, 1 December 1965

Mr CALWELL - Will the Minister give further consideration to the question, although it is a loaded political question, asked by the honorable member for Bowman and state what the position is in the United Kingdom today, both in regard to the regulation of wages and prices? Will he compare what is happening under a unitary form of government with what is possible in a federation? Will he further examine the question whether the time has arrived when the Constitution should be amended to give the Commonwealth Parliament complete power over industrial matters?

Mr MCMAHON - It is obvious that the honorable gentleman has been deeply stung by the question by the honorable member for Bowman.

Mr Calwell - Not at all.

Mr MCMAHON - He has been deeply stung and deeply hurt. It is obvious that he has wanted to ask a question relating to constitutional reform, the system of industrial arbitration in this country and the system that applies in the United Kingdom at the present moment. I think every member - at least every sensible member - of this House will realise that it is not practicable to give answers to all these questions-

Mr Bryant - The Minister says "every sensible member ". Include members of the Liberal Party.

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